People & Community

New Mexico Kids Count Data Book: Pandemic-era Child Well-being Data Better Than Expected

Executive Director Amber Wallin

NM Voices for Children News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on New Mexico’s children and families, but data from 2021 reflect no significant declines — and even some slight improvements — in child well-being.

This is likely due to federal and state pandemic relief as well as policy changes made at the state level.  

That is among the findings in the 2022 New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book, which was released today.  

This annual accounting of child well-being in the state tracks several indicators across four domains: economic security, education, Read More

Los Alamos County Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Moves To Monthly Schedule


Los Alamos County’s Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule announced today a change to the household hazardous waste program.

The existing weekly drop off schedule will move to a monthly schedule, with new hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning Feb. 3.

Residents who already pay for curbside collection can drop off household hazardous materials once a month at the Eco Station at 3701 East Jemez Road.

Monthly Schedule: 

Friday, Feb. 3 Friday, Mar. 3 Saturday, Apr. 8 Friday, May 5
Friday, June 2 Saturday, July 8 Friday, Aug. 4 Friday, Sep. 1
Saturday, Oct. 7 Friday, Nov. 3 Friday,
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Zia Credit Union Promotes Laura Loy To Vice President Of Marketing/Business Development

Laura Loy

Zia Credit Union News:

          • Loy celebrates three years with the Credit Union

After debuting a new, modern look and redesigned website, Zia CU has announced the promotion of Laura Loy from Marketing and Business Development Manager to Vice President of Marketing/Business Development. This news comes in conjunction with Loy celebrating her three-year anniversary at the Credit Union.

With a non-profit background, Loy has a history of serving the families and communities of New Mexico.

“Laura’s passion to help others, coupled with her expertise in non-profit marketing and community Read More

Olions 2023 Topper Revue At Smith Auditorium Jan. 20-21

LAHS News:

The community is invited to attend the Los Alamos High School (LAHS) Olions annual Topper Revue!

This year’s show presents four emcees – played by Evan Long, Olivia Long, Remy Patterson and Elise Ovaska – as frat boys lost in the woods.

It is a show that combines a typical talent show with the story written and acted by the four emcees, and promises to be thoroughly entertaining.

Performances are 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at Duane Smith Auditorium.

Tickets are $5 for students both online and at the door and $10 for adults online, $12 for adults Read More

Emily Grace Takes Advantage Of Tuesday’s Snow Storm

Emily Grace, 3, poses with a small snowman Tuesday in the yard of a residence on Altura Circle in White Rock. Photo by Yvette Byers

Emily Grace, 3, creates a snow angel Tuesday in the yard of a residence on Altura Circle in White Rock. Photo by Yvette Byers Read More

New Independent Insurance Agency & MVD Express Open For Business In Downtown Los Alamos

Independent Owner-Broker Debbie Reynolds, left, with her daughter, Customer Services Representative Desiree Reynolds-Martinez are now serving Los Alamos clients at 1362 D Trinity Dr. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos branch of the Debbie Reynolds Insurance Agency and MVD Express opened for business earlier this month in Los Alamos at 1362 D Trinity Dr.

“I’ve been in business in Española for 30 years,” Licensed Owner-Independent Insurance Broker Debbie Reynolds said. “A client called me and told me that an independent Read More

Huang: ‘Sit Down Together At The Table Of Brotherhood’

Congress House Chamber. Courtesy/Zhen Huang

Los Alamos

“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.” —Martin Luther King Jr.

In China, Martin Luther King Jr. is widely considered as one of the greatest American heroes. We get to know Dr. King’s heroic endeavors ever since we were school kids. For me, I feel blessed for having MLK Day as the anniversary day when I saw the first sunrise from the horizon of “a Beautiful Nation” ( 美国, as USA translated into Chinese Read More

Judge Jennifer L. Attrep Of Los Alamos Becomes Chief Judge Of New Mexico Court Of Appeals

Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jennifer L. Attrep takes the oath of office from outgoing Chief Judge J. Miles Hanisee. Courtesy/Court of Appeals


SANTA FE — Judge Jennifer L. Attrep grew up in Los Alamos and just became the new chief judge of the New Mexico Court of Appeals.

She was sworn in Tuesday, having been elected chief judge by her colleagues on the 10-member court to a term expiring in January 2025. She succeeds Judge J. Miles Hanisee, who had served as Chief Judge since October 2019.

In addition to performing court duties hearing cases, the chief judge serves as the administrative authority Read More

NMMOA Presents ‘An American In Paris: Donald Beauregard’

Donald Beauregard, Portrait of an Artist, circa 1912, oil on canvas, 69 × 45 in. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Gift of the Honorable Frank Springer, 1925 (1003.23P). Photo by Blair Clark 

Donald Beauregard, Auvergne, circa 1912, oil on canvas, 19 x 23 1/2 in. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Gift of the Honorable Frank Springer, 1925 (992.23P). Photo by Blair Clark


SANTA FE — A new exhibition at the New Mexico Museum of Art (NMMOA) surveys the short but ambitious career of one of the first artists associated with the museum, modernist Donald Beauregard (1884-1914). Read More

Scouting BSA Member Willow Chartrand Asks For Help From Communty For Food Drive To Complete Eagle Project

From Girl Scout Troop 2:

Troop 2, Los Alamos’ first girls Scouting BSA troop, is proud to announce the first female Eagle Scout in Los Alamos plus the completion/near completion of two more Eagle projects in the community.

Sasha Carr achieved her Eagle rank Dec. 1, 2022, Rebecca Moss built a new concrete staircase at the Sportsman’s Club Sept. 21, 2022 and Willow Chartrand built a Little Pantry for First United Methodist Church and is looking for help with a food drive to stock it to complete her Eagle project.

Non perishable items may be donated at the First United Methodist Church and Trinity on Read More

Behind The Scenes At LALO – Dancing Into Our Hearts

Los Alamos Light Opera invites the community to see “Matilda, The Musical”, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Feb. 3, 4, 10 and 11 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, at Duane Smith Auditorium.

Los Alamos Light Opera

Dance is a huge part of the live musical theater experience, and the dances in “Matilda, The Musical,” features lots of dancers and lots of variety — and nary a jazz square to be found.

Big Numbers

Director Wendy Caldwell Lanchier — who is herself trained in swing, hip-hop, modern, jazz, ballet, and pointe — said the biggest actual dance number in the musical is “Revolting Children,” Read More

Step Up Gallery’s First Exhibit Of 2023 Opens Jan. 26


Step Up Gallery’s newest exhibit runs Jan. 26 to Feb. 22. The public is invited to view the art and meet the artists at an opening reception 2:30-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, in Step Up Gallery at Mesa Public Library.

Two artists – sculptor Darla Graff Thompson and painter Trish Foschi – met during a week-long writing retreat at Ghost Ranch in northern New Mexico. This exhibit, Beneath and Beyond the Night Sky, evolved from their continuing friendship and combines Foschi’s mystical moonscapes with Graff Thompson’s curious grotesques to wonderful effect. Both artists are retired Read More

Heinrich Highlights Efforts To Increase High-Speed Internet For Native Students; Discusses Protections For Native Agriculture With Tesuque Pueblo Leaders

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich highlighted a federal investment of $57,298,683 he helped secure for the school through the Infrastructure Law during a visit to SFIS. Courtesy/Heinrich


SANTA FE — During a visit to Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS) Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) highlighted a federal investment of $57,298,683 he helped secure for the school through the Infrastructure Law.

This funding will create more opportunities for Tribal students by connecting them to high-speed internet. The Infrastructure Law has already delivered a total of $146,987,149 Read More

Pets Of The Week: Cotton & Joker

Cotton is a speckled and spotted freckly floof of fun – and as soft and comforting to snuggle as her name. This 2-month-old heeler/Aussie mix is available for adoption from the charming Puppy Patch at Ojo Santa Fe. Apply on the website and they will schedule an appointment at the resort in Santa Fe. Cotton goes home spayed, microchipped, up to date on vaccines, and with six months of free heartworm prevention. 505.753.8662. Courtesy/EH

Joker is one handsome and dapper dude – his tuxedo fur, goatee, and piercing moon-colored eyes are just begging for a cat Read More

Michelle Wilde Offers ‘Gottman Institute’s Seven Principles For Making Marriage Work’ Program

Los Alamos

Over the past six months or so I’ve seen a dramatic increase in the number of calls I receive for people interested in couples counseling.

When I speak to them, one thing consistently mentioned is the relationship strain brought about by COVID and the associated restrictions and change in how daily life is/was lived.

The situation of the past couple of years seems to have either drawn couples closer together or exacerbated the difficulties present.

Far too often in couples counseling, people show up when they are already on the brink of divorce and counseling Read More

Purgatory Gets 78 Inches Of Snow This Month



With 78 inches of snowfall so far this month and more on the way, this January at Purgatory has been one of the snowiest in recent memory.

Overnight, Purgatory received an additional 10 inches of snow, bringing the total accumulation from this week’s storms to 21 inches and it’s still snowing. Purgatory has received 149 inches of snow this season and the mountain is 100 percent open with skiing and riding on 105 trails.

As January also is the National Ski Area Association’s Safety Month, Purgatory reminds skiers and riders to know and follow the Responsibility Read More

PAC 8 Community Media Center: Jan. 20-26 2023

PAC 8 News:

PAC 8 Community Media Center is available for recording events, transferring of old media, shooting and editing, live streaming and drone photography and videography.

For information, email, call 505.662.7228 or visit

PAC 8 Television schedule for Jan 20-26:

Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

  • 6 a.m. Democracy Now! – Live
  • 10 a.m. The Thom Hartmann Program
  • 11 a.m. County Council Replay – 1-03-23
  • 3 p.m. Democracy Now!
  • 5 p.m. PAC PAGES – Los Alamos County News Updates
  • 6 p.m. PAC 8 Summer Media Classes
  • 7 p.m. The Whitehouse Chronicles
  • 7:30 p.m. Lost
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